Frequently Asked Questions about Bishop Chatard High School

The overall school enrollment for 2023/24 is 732 students. The average class size for most BCHS classes is approximately 18 students. Our student/teacher ratio is 11:1.
Bishop Chatard High School offers 20 AP courses and 7 dual credit courses. Students enrolled in AP courses will take an exam in the spring. Depending on the score on each individual AP exam, students may receive college credit. Dual credit courses are college courses that are offered at the high school. The curriculum of dual credit courses is dictated by the college offering the credit. Students generally receive 3 college credits for each dual credit course taken. 86% of the Class of 2022 graduated receiving college credit, with an average of 13.94 credits earned by these students.
Bishop Chatard offers Academic (college prep), Honors, AP and dual credit courses. Freshman and sophomore honors courses are offered in English, science, and math. Those honors levels may continue into junior and senior years or a student may advance into AP level courses. Students may take a proficiency test in Spanish the summer before freshman year and upon passing have the option to be placed into Spanish II. If a student takes Algebra I in eighth grade and passes the End of Course Assessment in Algebra, he/she may enroll in Geometry as a freshman.
A listing of all course offerings by department can be found under Academics.
Go to the Course Descriptions page
Bishop Chatard encourages all students to investigate and become involved in as many extracurricular activities and athletic pursuits as possible, no matter what their grade level!
See Clubs at BCHS for our extracurricular activities
See Athletics for our sports activities
Each eighth grader seeking admission to the Class of 2028 is required to have an application, ILEARN and/or NWEA results, 6th and 7th grade report cards, and 8th grade report card (if available) on file in the admissions office by December 1, 2023. The High School Placement Test result is due with the application if available but no later than February 9, 2024. Acceptance letters will be sent on a rolling basis as decisions are rendered.
See Apply to BCHS for specific details
BCHS hosts shadowing days for 8th grade students from August to March. The Shadowing Page explains the BCHS process. Online registration is required to shadow. Parent Wednesday Walk-Thrus provide parents the opportunity to tour the school while in session. Individual One-to-One Appointments are also available.
Visit the Enrollment Process page for an overview of events
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The High School Placement Test for incoming freshmen will be given at BCHS on November 18, 2023. It is also administered to North Deanery eighth grade students at North Deanery schools. We encourage all students applying for the Class of 2028 to take the placement test through BCHS (if not taken through their grade school). We will accept scores from tests taken at other high schools. There is no fee for the test.
Test details and online registration
Students are required to take Theology classes each of their four years at BCHS. Christian Service requirements are also scheduled.
Explore our Christian Service Program
The first bell rings at 7:45 a.m. and the school day ends at 3:15 pm (Exceptions: Monday – class begins at 8:55 a.m. and Friday – school ends at 2:15 p.m.) Students can be dropped off as early as 7:00 a.m. All students should be picked up by 4:30 p.m.
Find out more about our Bell Schedule and see a sample day.
The school operates on a rotating seven-period per day schedule. The rotation allows students to attend an individual class at different times of the day. Each class is 60 minutes. Tuesday through Friday, teachers are also available in their classrooms before school, 7:20 – 7:50 a.m., to help students individually. Daily seminar periods offer opportunities for extra activities, study or spiritual growth.
Bishop Chatard has four guidance counselors. Three are assigned to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors by last name. One counselor, who has extensive college admissions experience, is dedicated to college advising for all grade levels. All of the counselors work with students on scheduling classes, maintaining academic success, helping with the college planning process, and assisting with personal issues as needed.
In addition, Bishop Chatard’s Director of Academic Support provides support to students who have learning needs. A social worker is available to support students with personal or school-related struggles.
View BCHS School Counseling Services
Each incoming freshman will be given an iPad as part of their computing fee. These devices will be used to house electronic textbooks, create cutting-edge classroom interaction, conduct tests/assessments, and enhance creativity and critical thinking for all students.
In a word, yes. 97% of 2023 graduates are pursuing a college education, and they received over $24.4 million in scholarships and grants — averaging $158,000 per student — to help fund it. 74% of the Class of 2023 graduates earned Academic Honors Diplomas, positioning them for college acceptance, and 86% graduated with college credit already earned.
View awards and college acceptances for the Class of 2023